Review: A Lady's Lesson in Scandal
Only, when she arrives at the home of Lord Rushden, she doesn't find her father. He's been dead for months. Instead, she finds his heir.... a distant cousin. The new lord proposes a shocking idea. If she marries him, he'll help her establish her claim to her inheritance. In exchange, she'll help him shore up his empty coffers. What choice does she have, but to agree?
From here, the story reminds me a little of My Fair Lady, as Rushden tries to help transform Nell from a guttersnipe into a genteel aristocrat. But we get the added bonus of a little sexual heat. Nell and Rushden share a fiery attraction, which travels the course from tension, to action, to tender feelings. Nell's life begins to transform itself into a fairy tale, but she can't let go of the lessons learned in the slums; she can't trust that her happiness will last.
I enjoyed watching Nell drop her defenses as she fell for Rushden. And I definitely enjoyed their love scenes. There are bumps along the road as they try to reach their happy ending, but the obstacles are worth it. Perhaps what's most refreshing is how Nell manages to make it through the story with her character intact... her changes are merely superficial, except for her newfound ability to trust in the man she loves. 4 stars.
*ARC Provided by Pocket Books
A Lady's Lesson in Scandalby Meredith DuranRelease Date: June 28, 2011Publisher: Pocket Books